These no bake chocolate coconut oat squares remind me of a candy bar I loved growing up – “Whatchamacallit bars”. They are easy to make, chewy, and delightful. The flavors of peanut butter combined with honey and coconut oil deliver a treat that most kids (and adults) will love. Add in some chopped nuts or dried fruit to mix things up a bit. If you like a thicker oat square, simply double the recipe. No need to turn on the oven or dirty your kitchen, this is a one bowl/one spoon recipe. Enjoy!
½ cup peanut butter (or almond butter)
¼ cup honey
¼ cup coconut oil
1 cup gluten-free quick oats
½ cup shredded coconut
½ cup gluten-free rice crisp cereal
¼ cup cacao powder
Line an 8X8 square baking pan with parchment paper; set aside.
In a microwaveable* safe medium mixing bowl, heat peanut butter, honey and coconut oil for 30 seconds. Remove from the microwave and stir until combined. Add oats, shredded coconut, rice crisp cereal, and cacao powder. Stir until well combined.
Spoon your mixture into your parchment lined pan, leveling the bars with the back of a spoon. Chill in the refrigerator for one hour. Cut into squares and store in the fridge in an airtight container.
*If you don’t have a microwave, use your stove heat the peanut butter, honey and coconut oil until they start to melt. Remove from the heat and stir in the oats, shredded coconut, rice crisp cereal, and cacao powder.